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From: "john protius" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 07:08:48 +0200
Subject: HUMBLE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
FROM: MR. JOHN PROTIUSJOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICATEL: +27-83-987-0119FAX: +27-11-507-6920E-MAIL: email@example.comHUMBLE BUSINESS ASSISTANCEGood day!!My name is MR. JOHN PROTIUS, the Chief Auditor of Ned Bank of South Africa (Ned Bank) there is an account opened in this bank in 1980 and since 1990 nobody has operated on this account again. After going through some old files in the records, I discovered that if I do not remit this money out urgently it would be forfeited.The owner of this account is Mr. Andreas B. Smith, a foreigner and a Miner at Kruger Gold Company. A Geologist by profession died in 1990. No one knows about this account or anything concerning it the account has no other beneficiary and the investigation proves to me as well that his company does not know anything about this account and the amount in the account at the moment is US$18.500.000.00 Million Dollars (Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).As the money is in United States Dollars I need a foreign partner/account to transfer the money overseas thus I am contacting you. Please kindly indicate and if so contact me on the above phone numbers to enable me inform you on next step to take. I need your full co-operation to make this transaction work because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information on this account, which I will give you if you indicate your interest. I hope you can be able to handle such amount in strict confidence because this opportunity will never come again in my life. I need truthful person in this business relationship because I donít want to make any mistake. I need your strong assurance and confidentiality. With my position now in the office I can transfer this money to any reliable foreign account, with assurance that this money will be intact pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing.All documents regarding this transaction will be destroyed once I receive confirmation of the money in your account thus leaving no trace to anything. I will apply for annual leave to get visa immediately on confirmation to receive this fund into your designated account with appropriate clearance forms from the Ministries and Foreign Exchange Departments. At the conclusion of this business you will be given 25% of the total amount, 70% will be for me, while 5% will be for expenses that we might incur during the course of this transaction.Finally, please if you are interested in this transaction, all I want you to do is to send me your Private Mobile Phone and Fax Numbers for Easy Communication including your personal Bank Account Details, where this money will be transfer (Your Bank Name, Bank Address, Account Number, Account Holderís Name, Bank Branch, Identity Number, and Home Address). Please kindly call me on the above private phone numbers before sending a fax message for security reasons. While Iím looking forward to receive your immediate reply by phone or fax as soon as you receive this letter.Or kindly send me e-mail throuhg my private e-mail :firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks and may the Almighty God bless you.MR. JOHN PROTIUS(Chief Auditor Ned Bank)
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